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Two Worcester men charged with murder in the 2006 beating death of 24-year-old Billy Lindell were sentenced to state prison yesterday after pleading guilty to manslaughter and other charges.

Joseph M. Stewart and George Franceschi were among six people indicted on murder and related charges in the July 16, 2006, killing of Mr. Lindell during a burglary attempt in the victim's apartment at 19 Chandler St. The apartment was later set ablaze, in what investigators said was an attempt to destroy evidence of the slaying.

According to Timothy J. Connolly, spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., Judge Kathe M. Tuttman sentenced Mr. Franceschi to 18 to 20 years in state prison on a charge of manslaughter. He also received 18 to 20 years each on charges of armed burglary and armed robbery. All three sentences will be served concurrently, Mr. Connolly said.

Codefendant Joseph M. Stewart was sentenced to 10 to 12 years each on charges of manslaughter, armed robbery, armed burglary and arson of a dwelling, according to Mr. Connolly. In addition, he received 3 to 5 years on a charge of fraudulent use of a credit card. Mr. Stewart's sentences will also be served concurrently, Mr. Connolly said.

The sentencing was held in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn because Judge Tuttman was hearing other cases there, and it was easier to have the Worcester case moved there than to have the judge return to Worcester for one case, Mr. Connolly said.

The sentence was recommended by Assistant District Attorney Lawrence Murphy. Mr. Franceschi was represented by defense lawyer John J. Roemer, and Mr. Stewart was represented by lawyer Margaret Guzman, Mr. Connolly said.

Mr. Franceschi and Mr. Stewart were the last of six defendants in the case to be sentenced. Timothy C. Newell, 21, was sentenced to life imprisonment, with a possibility of parole in 15 years, and to a consecutive prison term of 8 to 10 years, after pleading guilty Jan. 11 to second-degree murder and other charges.

In June, Krystal Harper, 19, of 15 Marion Ave., was sentenced to 4 to 5 years in Framingham state prison, with two years of probation to begin upon her release. That same day, Jenny Burns, 20, of 41 Barclay St., was sentenced to 3 years to 3 years and a day in Framingham state prison, followed by 5 years of probation. Both women received credit for 704 days spent in custody awaiting trial.

After a February jury trial, 24-year-old Randy Jordan was acquitted of all charges except unarmed robbery. He was sentenced to 6 to 9 years. Mr. Franceschi, Mr. Stewart and Ms. Harper testified as prosecution witnesses at Mr. Jordan's trial.

Prosecutors contended Mr. Jordan, who was Mr. Lindell's former roommate, enlisted the others to help him steal money from Mr. Lindell's apartment. Mr. Lindell, who was not expected to be home, awoke during the burglary and was beaten during the struggle that ensued, according to Mr. Stewart and Mr. Franceschi.
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